King Island Christmas

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An oratorio for the musical stage

Libretto by Deborah Brevoort

Music by David Friedman

Based on the children’s book from Alaska. The North Star freighter, carrying the village priest, is anchored in the Bering Sea on Christmas eve, on it’s last arctic voyage before the winter ice closes in around King Island. The waves are too high for the villagers to go out and fetch the priest in their walrus skin boats; without him, there will be no Christmas celebration. In a communal effort, the villagers triumphantly carry their oomiak over a mountain to the calmer waters of the lee, and bring the priest ashore. Christmas is celebrated on King Island. King Island Christmas is a heartwarming story about the power of community and the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

Winner of the Frederick Loewe Award.

Over 40 productions in the US, Canada and Australia.

A cast album was produced by 12-time Grammy winner Thomas Z. Shepard, featuring Chuck Cooper, Marin Mazie and Paolo Montalban.

Orchestrations by the late Emmy-winning orchestrator Peter Matz are available. The orchestrations have been arranged for 4-, 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 36-piece orchestras. A piano vocal score is also available for small-scale productions.

Note: King Island Christmas is an oratorio for the musical theatre. It is a flexible piece that can be done in a number of ways: as a concert, a fully-staged musical, or a staged concert/oratorio. It can be done with a piano or a small, mid-sized or full orchestra. It has been successfully produced with as few as 16 singers, or as many as 120. It can be adapted to the resources of any producing organization.

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